You’re Next (2011) reviews and overview

 

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You’re Next is a 2011 American home invasion horror thriller feature film written by Simon Barrett and directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S).

The movie stars Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and Amy Seimetz.

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When a gang of masked, axe-wielding murderers invade the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped…until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

‘The film’s best attribute is its ability to shift tone in the blink of an eye; showing us ghastly, legitimately disturbing sights one minute then breaking out a sight gag the next. You never quite know where You’re Next is going to go, which is why it’s so much fun.’ Arrow in the Head

“Horror connoisseurs will find the Buñuelian undertones about bourgeois comeuppance underdeveloped, with the twist easily guessable to any whodunnit fan, but the bottom line is You’re Next made me jump out of my seat three times. In scary movie terms that’s surely job done.” London Metro

“Films that successfully balance scares and laughs don’t come around very often. Wonderfully vicious and savagely funny; You’re Next is a thrilling piece of genre entertainment and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.” SciFiNow

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‘What You’re Next lacks in basic originality (it’s a smart-ass Agatha Christie story with gore), it more than makes up for in wit, intelligence, enthusiasm, and a firm willingness to give horror fans what they want without alienating everybody else.’ FEAR.net

‘In the absence of sympathetic characters, a little humor would have gone a long way here. But aside from a near-miss sex scene in a bed shared by a corpse, there’s practically none on hand. Only when the reasons for the attack become clear does the movie find its feet…’ The Hollywood Reporter

It is the clear high point of American indie backed genre film for 2011. And with the indies beating the tar out of the studio backed fare in terms of quality in the horror arena for a good long while now that translates to being the best American horror picture of the year, period.” Twitch

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“There’s more gore here than you can shake a severed head at, but the script’s dark humor and clever plot twists elevate it far above your typical retro-splatter fare. And Sharni Vinson is one seriously ass-kicking horror heroine.” Rolling Stone

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Release:

You’re Next had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program and was belatedly released theatrically in the USA on August 23, 2013, by Lionsgate.

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Cast and characters:

  • Sharni Vinson … Erin
  • Nicholas Tucci … Felix
  • Wendy Glenn … Zee
  • AJ Bowen … Crispian
  • Joe Swanberg … Drake
  • Margaret Laney … Kelly (as Sarah Myers)
  • Amy Seimetz … Aimee
  • Ti West … Tariq
  • Rob Moran … Paul
  • Barbara Crampton … Aubrey
  • L.C. Holt … Lamb Mask
  • Simon Barrett … Tiger Mask
  • Lane Hughes … Fox Mask
  • Larry Fessenden … Erik Harson
  • Kate Lyn Sheil … Talia

Filming locations:

2007 South Country Club Drive, Columbia, Missouri

Technical details:

  • 95 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
  • Audio: Datasat | Dolby Digital

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